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Flying J Closing Seven Restaurant Locations

OGDEN, Utah -- Flying J Inc., which is in the process of reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, is closing its restaurants at seven locations because of poor economic conditions, the Standard-Examiner reported.

"The reality of our country's struggling economy requires those entrusted with the immediate and long-term welfare of our company to prudently evaluate measures that will best sustain us through challenging times," Virginia Parker, director of marketing for Ogden-based Flying J, said in a prepared statement cited by the paper. "Like any successful business, we regularly review the long-term potential of each property and evaluate the performance required for each location to continue operating."

Flying J will close restaurants in the following areas: Payson, Cokeville, Evanston and Casper, Wyo.; Commerce, Ga.; Bessemer, Ala.; and Lubbock, Texas, the report stated.

Flying J convenience stores at those sites will continue to operate, and will sell hot and cold deli items, according to the report. Flying J operates more than 270 travel plazas across 41 states and six Canadian provinces, according to its Web site,

Flying J and several of its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in December.

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